May 24, 2024

Joey Barton has claimed he has been visited by police three times in the last four days and hit out at ‘attempts to intimidate me and my family’ – before comparing the UK to North Korea. 

The former Manchester City and Newcastle footballer revealed some of his tweets have resulted in multiple police visits at his home this week, with officers asking him for a voluntary interview.

He said on one occasion officers knocked on his door occurred while his children were asleep and slammed any attempts to ‘intimidate’ his family, saying the methods were akin to something in North Korea. 

Barton married his childhood sweetheart Georgia McNeil in 2019. The pair have four children together – Cassius, born in 2011, Pieta, born in 2014, Penn, born in 2018 and Etienne, born in 2022. 

‘I’ve been visited 4 times in 3 days by Cheshire Police,’ he said on X, later adding ‘either it’s a shambles or an attempt to intimidate me and my family. Welcome to North Korea.’

Joey Barton has claimed he has been visited by police at his home four times in three days over his controversial tweets

Joey Barton has claimed he has been visited by police at his home four times in three days over his controversial tweets

Joey pictured with his childhood sweetheart Georgia McNeil, who he married in 2019

Joey pictured with his childhood sweetheart Georgia McNeil, who he married in 2019

Barton told his 2.8 million followers on X: ‘I’ve been visited 4 times in 3 days by Cheshire Police. Asking for a Voluntary interview about something I’ve tweeted,’

‘Including a couple of women police officers knocking at 9.30pm last night when my kids were in bed. I’ve given them my solicitors information and number. 

‘He then called to arrange an interview. No answer, so he left a voice message for the Sergeant who’d visited on the 1st occasion. 

‘The last two women didn’t know there had been 3 visits in 3 days, apparently! Either it’s a shambles or an attempt to intimidate me and my family. Welcome to North Korea.’

One concerned follower then replied to the tweet, saying: ‘Send police to peoples (sic) homes to investigate tweets when there is actual street crime going on under their noses every day.’

Barton then replied: ‘I did ask them this. I also asked the two ladies did it feel a little bit Soviet Union. They didn’t answer. I asked them, is this why they started policing. To chase down tweets. 

‘Such of waste of taxpayers money when there is rampant crime to be dealt with right in front of their noses.’

Barton has launched repeated tirades against female football broadcasters and players in recent weeks

Barton has launched repeated tirades against female football broadcasters and players in recent weeks

Joey Barton, the then Bristol Rovers manager, pictured during a Sky Bet League One match at Pride Park Stadium in October 2022

Joey Barton, the then Bristol Rovers manager, pictured during a Sky Bet League One match at Pride Park Stadium in October 2022

Barton has kept his relationship with McNeil private but the pair tied the knot during a ceremony at Aynhoe Park country estate in Oxfordshire in 2019.

In 2021, Barton was accused of ‘kicking his wife in the head’ and causing a ‘golf ball-sized lump’ during a row at their home in in Kew, south-west London.

However, in 2022 McNeil retracted her allegation and opted not to press charges after admitting she was ‘drinking heavily’ and got the details wrong.

Barton has come under fire this year for his tweets about women working in men’s football, infamously claiming female pundits ‘shouldn’t be talking with any authority’ in the sport.

His tirades at women online have also seen him compare pundit Eni Aluko and broadcaster Lucy Ward to notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West, while he claimed that he would score 100 out of 100 penalties against England goalkeeper Mary Earps. 

Last month he enraged fans after aiming abuse at a 17-year-old Patrick Thistle goalkeeper Ava Easdon following the youngster’s performance between the sticks in the Sky Sports Cup final and asked ‘how is this nonsense on the box’. 

Among Barton’s most controversial comments are his claim that it was ‘dangerous’ for women to work at men’s clubs due to them ‘having full-blown affairs and costing people marriages’. 

Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ava Easdon was the focus of Joey Barton's ire last month after the 17-year-old turned out for her side in the Sky Sports Cup Final

Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ava Easdon was the focus of Joey Barton’s ire last month after the 17-year-old turned out for her side in the Sky Sports Cup Final

Barton savaged Eni Aluko while she was working on Everton's game against Crystal Palace

He also made a sick taunt towards Aluko and broadcaster Lucy Ward

Barton has also targeted Eni Aluko (left) and Lucy Ward (right) compared the pundits to serial killers Fred and Rose West

Barton has previously revealed how he has gotten into trouble over his tweets – after posting legal letter from the lawyers of Aluko after he embarked on a rant over the pundit. 

Barton wrote: ‘Another day. Another letter from Samuel’s Solicitors.

‘Eni Aluko now joining Jeremy Vine and suing me for saying she’s not very good at her job. Interesting that they both are using the same solicitors.

‘What kind of legal firm sends you Instagram messages? Jokers.’

It came after Barton admitted comparing Aluko to Fred and Rose West was ‘a tad harsh’ before saying she was more similar to former leader of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin instead. 

He took to X to write: ‘On reflection, I feel I’ve been a tad harsh on Eni Aluko by comparing her to Rose West.

‘Had a bit of time to consider the impact of my words after @itvfootball big statement.

‘She’s clearly in the Joseph Stalin/Pol Pot category. She’s murdered hundreds of thousands of football fans ears in the last few years. Meritocracy Rules!’ 

Barton took to social media to reveal messages sent by a solicitors claiming to represent Aluko

Barton took to social media to reveal messages sent by a solicitors claiming to represent Aluko

 

Barton played 435 games during an acrimonious career that saw him in the headlines for a series of controversial incidents.

In 2004 Barton jabbed a cigar in the eye of fellow Man City squad member Jason Tandy during a boozy Christmas do.

Barton said his outburst was sparked after youth star Tandy provoked him, setting fire to his T-shirt in the run-up to the scuffle, which led to the footballing bad-boy being fined six weeks’ wages and an apology to despondent boss Kevin Keegan.

Four years later and Barton found himself yet again under the spotlight after a training ground brawl with ex-teammate, Ousmane Dabo, which saw wannabe hardman Barton slapped with a six-match ban by the FA in 2008.

The outspoken former midfielder was also the manager of Bristol Rovers from February 2021 until his sacking in October last year. 

He was recently described as a ‘bully’ English football’s youngest head of recruitment, who worked with Barton while he was at the club. 

Former Bristol Rovers analyst and current head of recruitment at Aldershot Town, Jamie Hedges, opened up on his experience with Barton earlier this month. 

He claimed he was asked to do ’50 keepy-ups’ before being told he was ‘s***’ in front of other staff members. 

Cheshire Police said in a statement: ‘Following reports of offences under the Communications Act, we can confirm that we have made multiple attempts to arrange a voluntary interview with a 41-year-old man from Liverpool.

‘To date, we have not had any response from his legal representatives and we await further contact.’

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